Hunting down inside attack perpetrators
In this photograph taken on August 5, 2012, an Afghan National Army soldier walks during a patrol with US soldiers from Apache team, Task force Geronimo in the village of Karizona, Sabari District in Khost Province.
September 21st, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Hunting down inside attack perpetrators

By Wesley Bruer

The killing and capture of Taliban leaders and facilitators indicates Afghan and coalition troops are aggressively targeting those insurgents involved in "green on blue" attacks, which have accounted for more than 50 coalition deaths this year.

In addition to taking extreme measures to ensure safety while effectively training their Afghan counterparts, coalition forces have made it a priority to share and utilize intelligence to kill or capture anyone responsible for the insider attacks.

On Monday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the death of a Taliban member believed to be behind a May 11 insider attack. The casualty report stated that "an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform has turned his weapon against coalition service members," which left one service member dead.

The insurgent, identified as "Mahmood," was killed in a precision airstrike in Kunar Province on September 15 in what the assistance force said was "the result of Afghan and coalition efforts to track down and find insurgents involved with insider attacks."

Insider attacks have reached an all-time high and are a leading cause of coalition deaths in the war in Afghanistan this year. This past weekend alone, "green on blue" attacks resulted in six coalition deaths, including four American and two British soldiers.

Drastic security measures have been imposed to curb the attacks.

Soldiers are required to have a loaded weapon within reach at all times and training has ended for hundreds of Afghan soldiers while their backgrounds are checked further for insurgent links. However, there appears to be no way to completely remove the threat.

Monday's assistance force report is the third this month announcing the death or capture of insurgents involved in "green on blue" attacks.

On September 15, Afghan and coalition forces captured a "Taliban forger" in Nangarhar who allegedly provided insurgents with fake identification and documents to attempt to infiltrate Afghan army forces.

Earlier in September, Afghan and Australian forces carried out a joint operation based on "detailed intelligence" that led to the capture of an insurgent facilitator who when detained was "attempting to support and move the insider threat shooter who killed three Australian soldiers and wounded two on Aug. 29."

According to a Defense Department official, most of the insider attacks are believed to be the result of Afghan soldiers suffering from combat or emotional stress. Only 15% are believed to be the result of insurgent links and 10% are said to come from infiltrators not affiliated with the military.

Speaking at a media roundtable on September 13, Australian Brig. Gen. Roger Noble, the assistance force deputy chief of staff for operations, noted that no motivation was known in 23% of the insider attacks. This is because the attacker was either killed, as was the case of an August 17 attack, or the shooter escaped, as "Mahmood" did on May 11 after gunning down one soldier.

But the value of successful insider attacks to the Taliban is evident in a video, "Ghazi of Ghaziabad," released by the Taliban.

"Ghazi Mahmood," still dressed in his Afghan army uniform, approaches a village and is given a hero's welcome by dozens of insurgents and children eagerly waiting to greet him.

      

He is led to a procession where he is draped with flowers and met with hugs and handshakes. Later in the video, Mahmood appears alongside Mawlawi Abdul Jalal, the Taliban's Ghaziabad shadow governor in Kunar province where "Mahmood" is reported to have been killed. The term "Ghazi" refers to those who have been successful in their fight against the infidel.

According to the assistance force, Mahmood was killed alongside "more than a dozen armed insurgents, including several Taliban leaders operating in the region," suggesting he had insurgent links.

But one can not say with certainty whether Mahmood was an infiltrator, or an Afghan soldier turned insurgent. In either case, the Taliban clearly welcomed Mahmood's actions and encourage others to carry out similar attacks, which have strained the patience of top military officials.

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  2. krm1007 ©™

    Let us focus on the causes of terrorism and try to fix the issues. They have been hanging out there for over 60+ years ...in India....in Israel..and now in the United States...England...Austrailia...Sweeden....all over the Europe. Let us focus on the victims of 9/11 and help the families more than we have done. Let us take care of their kids and put them through college. Let us take care of their wives/husbands/parents. Let us take care of families whose dear ones gave their lives in fighting al Qaeda terrorists...in Pakistan...in Afghanistan....in Iraq....in Yemen....in Africas. Let us focus on the victims of Pakistani sponsored terror networks....Haqqani...Pakistani Taliban...Hazbollah in Iran...Hammaz in Palestine. Let us honor US/NATO soldiers from all over the world who sacrificed their lives believing they were fighting for freedom, believing they were fighting evil terrorists in Pakistan....in Afghanistan....in Iraq....in Libya...in Syria...in Yemen....in Egypt....in Africas. They are so many. Just in last ten years, terrorist sponsoring countries like Pakistan, Iran, Pelestine have change our lives once and for all.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  3. Mike Rubin

    Sometime back there was an interesting blog on India "The bubble of India has burst: Humpty Dumpty has Fallen. We here in Haiti continue to monitor the political and cultural turmoil in India as a large percentage of our population are sugar cane slaves from India. As of now, we reiterate our view that Hindu State of India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, India was initially broken into pieces by Arabs, Afghanis, Persians, Pakistanis, and lately by Chinese and so on. And rest assured that is not the end. India is mired in poverty and has a suppressive regime with respect to minorities. Substantial aid by the world over the years to India has failed to reverse the downward trends. We can now confirm that India has become unmanageable. If it is not imploded in a controlled manner we are afraid China will chew it up and spit it out. Therefore, we urge the UN general assembly to put this high on their agenda and vote “YES”. In God We Trust. We further propose the following areas be amalgamated with Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and China
    Kashmir
    Bihar
    Punjab
    Himachal Pradesh
    Uttar Pradesh
    West Bengal
    Uttarakhand
    Rajasthan

    We wish our friends in India God Speed and may the courage of Maoists bless its soul.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  4. Hindu, Holocaust and Hitler: A Study In Commonality

    It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • Pete Habbash

      Coincidentally I was walking my dog in NYC and my dog p!ssed on the statue of Gandhi (I think). Public Works since then has pulled this down and thrown in landfill.

      September 24, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  5. krm1007 ©™

    Few days back, there was an interesting article on Pakistan "The bubble of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has burst in our faces". It made me to do more research on the subject and on grave political conditions in Pakistan, and possibility of another military coup. We here in the United States, continue to monitor the political and cultural turmoil in Pakistan and are very concerned with the continued state of deterioration, and it's nuclear stockpile. At this point, we restate our view that Islamic Republic of Pakistan is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, along the Afghan/Pak borders, Pakistan has an unmanageable large fundamentalist Taliban population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to prop it up. Additionally, it is also too big of a geographical units of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for Pakistani weak government to govern. In 2001 the Pakistani military entered the FATA for the first time in history, and returned home with heavy casualties. We Americans now need to focus on our own people and cannot afford to handout more financial and technological aid to Pakistan. We believe that this de-fragmentation of Pakistan along 13 FATA agencies (see the list below) will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and our allies in extracting rare earth minerals along Afghan/Pak borders, and help pull ourselves out of current recessionary trends. Knowing presence of hard core islamic fundamentalists, war lords, drug cartels, and Russians and Chinese involvement, in the region, We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the poverty stricken people of Pakistan and its global future economic super power neighbors China and India. For the sake of long lasting peace and to break the cycle of violence in Pakistan, a potential solution for out of control militancy in Pakistan is to break down the Pakistan along the FATA agencies, like creation of Bangladesh in 1972:

    Bajaur Agency
    Mohmand Agency
    Khyber Agency
    Frontier Region Peshawar
    Frontier Region Kohat
    Orakzai Agency
    Kurram Agency
    Frontier Region Bannu
    North Waziristan Agency
    Frontier Region Lakki Marwat
    Frontier Region Tank
    South Waziristan Agency
    Frontier Region Dera Ismail Khan

    My prayer and good wishes are with militancy infested Islamic Republic of Pakistan!!!!

    September 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  6. J. James Mcgregor

    Tragically, in India people are dying of hunger. Why are low caste poor Hindus prohibited from eating beef? People stop their cars, and sit for hours waiting for a cow to clear the roadway, thinking it to be sacred. In India cow meat is cheaper than other available meats. Instead of these Brahmins taking care of the low caste peoples of India, they are doing their best to save their "holy" cows instead. This is evil. According to Valmith's Ramayana, God Rama "ATE" meat. So then "why" have these Brahmins given up beef-eating? It's hypocrisy within their own religion.

    September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  7. krm1007 ©™

    We continue to monitor the economic, political and cultural bubble burst/malaise in India and are very concerned with the continued state of deterioration. At this point, we restate our view that India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to prop it up. Additionally, it is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Americans now need to focus on its own people and cannot afford to handout more financial and technological aid to India.

    We believe that this defragmentation of India will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and Europe and help pull them out of current recessionary trends. We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the people of India and its neighbors.

    September 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  8. Skorpio

    Long term solution against Islamic violence & irrationality is a MASSIVE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY, preferably to any Middle Eastern Christian Church which share the same language, culture and traditions as Muslims but NOT their SATANIC Islamic faith.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • fatblackfrancis

      Hohoho, the old "satanic verses" thing rears it's head again. Is it that time already?

      September 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      Yeah those men who fight dirty shall be snuff out dirty covert with a super heavy hand they never stop looking up at the sky and behind their backs or over their shoulders
      or the silent piff of a can muffle from a barret or hasken 50. cal single shot no rest day or night for those guys just maybe just maybe one day soon they slip up haveing a big man party with food and music
      then out of no where stredded by 30mm cannons of 7 spectra AC 130 gunships just saying

      September 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  9. Skorpio

    Long term solution for Islamic violence & irrationality is a MASSIVE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY, preferably to any Middle Eastern Christian Church which share the same language, culture and traditions as Muslims but NOT their SATANIC Islamic faith.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  10. George Patton

    Germany and J apan tried these same tactics during WW2 to no avail. Now we're shelling more billions of dollars to pay these bozoes to murder more people so we can one day exploit Afghanistan's resources. The right-wing thugs in Washington never give up! How repulsive!!!

    September 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  11. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a b!tch and a tramp!!

    September 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Johnson Z

      This is a bizarre culture indeed...India. Thanks for bringing to our attention @Amit.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Jack-O

      feed Pakistani muslims to Kali.

      September 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • fatblackfrancis

      Don't even get me started on Ganesh.

      September 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  12. krm1007 ©™

    In my free time, I continue to read South Asian nuclear-armed fundamentalist State Pakistan with interest. The article presented on New Yark Times that Pakistan is “Too Big To Resolve Islamic Exrimist Threats to the Civilized World” in a socio-politico context. Although experts use this in Extremism sense, its religion based political connotations are indeed powerful. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) (Pashto: مرکزي قبایلي سیمې; Urdu: قبائلی علاقہ جات) is a semi-autonomous tribal region in the northwest of present-day Pakistan, lying between Afghanistan to the west and north, and the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the east and Balochistan to the south. The FATA comprises seven agencies (tribal districts) and six frontier regions. The territory is almost exclusively inhabited by Pashtun tribes, who also live in the neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan and are Muslims by faith. Empowering subjugated minorities in Pakistani Agencies in FATA by splitting Pakistan into smaller 13 states, would trigger urban economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to Pakistan with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that Pakistan has an unmanageable large Sunni population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern and for democracy to take traction. In 2001 the Pakistani military entered the FATA for the first time in history. In 2010, The New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow conducted the first comprehensive public opinion survey in FATA. The results showed that when it came to fighting militancy in the region, the people of FATA overwhelmingly support the Pakistani Taliban, Haqqani Network. Nearly 90 percent opposed the Pakistani military pursuing Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in the Tribal Areas. Indeed, when asked how FATA should be governed, 79 percent say it should be governed as Independent states. The article interestingly points out the following Pakistan FATA agencies should be split in to independent states.

    Bajaur Agency
    Mohmand Agency
    Khyber Agency
    Frontier Region Peshawar
    Frontier Region Kohat
    Orakzai Agency
    Kurram Agency
    Frontier Region Bannu
    North Waziristan Agency
    Frontier Region Lakki Marwat
    Frontier Region Tank
    South Waziristan Agency
    Frontier Region Dera Ismail Khan

    September 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Peter Trussle

      It seems that the real @ krm1007 ©™ has gotten under the skin of some elements aligned with Neo Nazis in India. If so, then tip of the hat to him as that was probably his goal .... to rile them up and flush them out. Smart person.

      September 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Johnson Z

      What a stupid comment. I don't believe that @krm1007 has written this one as his comments are very insightful, original and brilliant. This is probably case of stolen ID. How can you have independent states of a few thousand people....the size of a neighborhood? LOL !!!

      September 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • Peter Trussle

        Are you calling me stupid? you fake, phony, fraud Pakistani dolt.

        September 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • Johnson Z

        fvk you too, sale chamar. if you use American names doesn't make you chamar American. Sale kutte ke pille in kutto ke niche chudne wali tu kutti hai.

        September 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm |

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